COULD THIS BE A ROSE?
Expect to be surprised by the unique and unusual appearances of the roses at the Rose Romance floral display, which explores the little-known depth and variety of this well-loved flower
Date: Until 14 July 2019
Time: 9am to 9pm
Venue: Flower Dome
Admission Fees: Admission charge to Flower Dome applies. Get your tickets online to enjoy more discounts from Voyagin or Klook.
Is there such a thing as a classic rose? Contrary to popular belief, the answer is a surprising no. At Flower Dome’s Rose Romance floral display, which runs until July 14, visitors can expect to learn about the rich heritage and variety of this well-loved flower – including cultivars that do not resemble the conventional rose.
The rose that comes to mind for most people when the flower is mentioned is the Hybrid Tea Rose cultivar, which was introduced in 1867 and gained widespread popularity in the 20th century. Roses of this cultivar are the most commonly seen today, whether sold at florists or depicted in popular culture, and are also mistakenly regarded as the “classic” rose shape.
But roses are a very ancient flower, with a history that dates back centuries. Through years of enthusiastic hybridisation, roses have become remarkably diverse, and blooms can differ greatly in shape and structure.
At the Rose Romance floral display, more than 40 varieties adorn a romantic European garden setting. These rose vines trail down from trellises and arches, growing amidst ruins reminiscent of castles of long ago, and surround a tower where Juliet on her balcony is wooed by Romeo in the courtyard below.
Gardens by the Bay Senior Director of Conservatory Operations Andy Kwek said, “While roses are well-loved, people may not be aware of the deep heritage and range of this remarkable flower that has existed through the centuries. Rose Romance will surprise and delight visitors with myriad and unexpected varieties that showcase the rich legacy of roses.”
Visitors can expect to see exclusive roses brought in from English and French rose nurseries with storied histories. For example, the late Peter Beales and David Austin are famed British rosarians who have won national recognition for their pioneering work in roses, and their eponymous nurseries carry on the work of their founders. The Lyonnaise nursery Roseraie Ducher has existed since 1845, and continues to hybridise exclusive roses until today.
Some roses to look out for are Princess Anne, a fragrant, deep pink rose named for British royalty; Lady of Shalott, which bears the name of the classic Tennyson poem and produces stunning salmon-pink blooms; and the surprising Angèle Pernet, with its whimsical and unusual colour gradation.
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